Replacing poor quality windows in Europe with energy-efficient PVC frames could save 8.5m tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year, according to an industry sponsored study released in Brussels last Wednesday. The study is intended to highlight the green credentials of PVC as a construction material amidst growing debate over the climate impacts of buildings. In 2004, the European commission concluded that the choice of material for efficient window frame was "of rather minor importance" compared with the overall design. EPPA, tel: +32 2 739 6384, plus study.
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